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First time in Hong Kong. Just 6 days… Now THAT is quite a city. Why didn’t I end up living there at one point in my life?

This is a selection. The full set is on my website HERE.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: A girl poses for a photograph on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: A girl poses for a photograph on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: International Finance Center.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: International Finance Center.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Market at Bowring street in Tsim Sha Tsui.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Market at Bowring street in Tsim Sha Tsui.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Star Ferry.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Star Ferry.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Newlyweds being photographed in front of hte Ferris wheel near the Central Piers.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Newlyweds being photographed in front of hte Ferris wheel near the Central Piers.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Child at the Science Museum.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Child at the Science Museum.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Poster of a reclining buddha in front of the Hong Kong island skyline.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Poster of a reclining buddha in front of the Hong Kong island skyline.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Member of the Falung Gong sect meditating at the Star Ferry terminal on Tsim Sha Tsui during a protest.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Member of the Falung Gong sect meditating at the Star Ferry terminal on Tsim Sha Tsui during a protest.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: A model is having her make up retouched dring a photo shoot on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: A model is having her make up retouched dring a photo shoot on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Hong Kong Island skyline as seen at dusk from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Hong Kong Island skyline as seen at dusk from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino housemaids take a selfie on top of a foggy Victoria Peak during their free day.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino housemaids take a selfie on top of a foggy Victoria Peak during their free day.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino migrant workers enjoying their day off at Central.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino migrant workers enjoying their day off at Central.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers learn to play violin while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers learn to play violin while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Backdrop from a photographer providing souvenir photographs for Indonesian migrant workers enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Backdrop from a photographer providing souvenir photographs for Indonesian migrant workers enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 21/04/2015: Tourist photographing his hand on the ferry to Cheung Chau.

HONG KONG. 21/04/2015: Tourist photographing his hand on the ferry to Cheung Chau.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers at the Pak Tei temple burning incense during a commemoration ceremony.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers at the Pak Tei temple burning incense during a commemoration ceremony.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Offering of four roasted piglets after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Offering of four roasted piglets after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers enjoying a communal snack at the festivities association's premises after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers enjoying a communal snack at the festivities association's premises after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: The harbour as seen from the highway from the airport to Hong Kong.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: The harbour as seen from the highway from the airport to Hong Kong.

It is that time of the year again… Phnom Penh citizens leave the city by the thousands and scatter all over the country… But voluntarily… And in a totally different context compared to 40 years ago.

Happy Khmer New Year to all.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey bus station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey bus station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Traveller at Chroy Changvar sick even before leaving for her home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Traveller at Chroy Changvar sick even before leaving for her home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

Ten of the eleven land rights activists who were in jail after having been arrested on November 11 and 12 2014 have been released from Prey Sar prison today at 3:40 PM, through a Royal Pardon granted for Khmer New Year. That is the surface. The release was negotiated by the opposition CNRP who convinced the ruling CPP to show some goodwill now that the new National Election Committee members took their oath in front of King Sihamoni at the same moment the activists were released.

For what happened before, please refer to ‘HEARTHS OF RESISTANCE’

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 arrive at Boeung Kak Lake after being released from Prey Sar Prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 arrive at Boeung Kak Lake after being released from Prey Sar Prison.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Inmates from Prey Sar prison are fixing a 'Happy New Year' banner at the entrance gate while supporters are waiting for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Inmates from Prey Sar prison are fixing a 'Happy New Year' banner at the entrance gate while supporters are waiting for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Ho Vann, CNRP lawmaker, accompanies land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 to the Prey Sar prison gate.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Ho Vann, CNRP lawmaker, accompanies land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 to the Prey Sar prison gate.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, is reunited with her daughter at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation. She was arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, is reunited with her daughter at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation. She was arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Kong Chantha, land rights activist, greets supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Kong Chantha, land rights activist, greets supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Nget Khun, alias Mamy, a land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is greets relatives at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Nget Khun, alias Mamy, a land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is greets relatives at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is being interviewed at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is being interviewed at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

The following photographs are just a small sample of ‘Hearths of Resistance’, an ebook which focuses on the social and political turmoil during the 18 months after the 2013 legislative elections in Cambodia. With the opposition CNRP gaining a surprising 55 of the 123 seats at the National Assembly, this was the first serious democratic challenge for Prime Minister Hun Sen in some 30 years. Surfing on this success and relying on a pool of disgruntled citizens who suffered land grabbings, on the 600,000 garment factory workers living on insufficient wages and more generally on normal citizens confronted with a daily dosis of corruption and injustice, the CNRP managed to mobilize the masses for 6 months. A violent crackdown by the army on January 3rd of striking workers forced the opposition into a strategy of compromise. The workers and the evicted communities had to rely on their own.

With over 500 photographs and a video, an interactive map, a glossary available through the captions and quotes from protesters giving their definition of the word ‘resistance’, this ebook is an attempt to show the resilience of those who resist the erosion of their human rights.

‘Hearths of Resistance’, an ebook for your iPad or your Apple computer running iBooks is now available on iTunes for less than 7$ at this link.

A review posted on iTunes by those who bought the ebook would be very much appreciated.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/08/2013: A mother feeds her child when people gather at Wat Phnom to pray for a peaceful outcome of the political deadlock after the 2013 parliamentary elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/08/2013: A mother feeds her child when people gather at Wat Phnom to pray for a peaceful outcome of the political deadlock after the 2013 parliamentary elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/09/2013: Monks receive balloons during the 3rd and last day of a mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to dispute the results of the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/09/2013: Monks receive balloons during the 3rd and last day of a mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to dispute the results of the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/10/2013: A CNRP supporter chills out under the trees at nearby Wat Phnom park on the 2nd of a 3-day mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to protest the 2013 elections and demand an effective implementation of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/10/2013: A CNRP supporter chills out under the trees at nearby Wat Phnom park on the 2nd of a 3-day mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to protest the 2013 elections and demand an effective implementation of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/12/2013: Riot Police make clear to garment factory workers blocking Russian Boulevard at the Ministry of Labour that they have to break up a demonstration for a salary rise. Salary increases for workers were one of the 7 main requests from the opposition CNRP during the July 2013 elections campaign.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/12/2013: Riot Police make clear to garment factory workers blocking Russian Boulevard at the Ministry of Labour that they have to break up a demonstration for a salary rise. Salary increases for workers were one of the 7 main requests from the opposition CNRP during the July 2013 elections campaign.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/01/2014: Workers from the Yakjin factory who were dispersed in the morning by Unit 911 from the RCAF, block traffic on Road Nr 4, standing next to a heavily polluted drainage canal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/01/2014: Workers from the Yakjin factory who were dispersed in the morning by Unit 911 from the RCAF, block traffic on Road Nr 4, standing next to a heavily polluted drainage canal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 1/02/2014: Garment workers head for home at the end of their shift near the place where striking workers were killed during the crackdown by the army on January 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 1/02/2014: Garment workers head for home at the end of their shift near the place where striking workers were killed during the crackdown by the army on January 3rd.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2014: Monks demonstrate near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court during the trial of 23 workers and union leaders arrested during the violent crackdown on striking workers of January 3rd.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2014: Monks demonstrate near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court during the trial of 23 workers and union leaders arrested during the violent crackdown on striking workers of January 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/02/2014: Back of a man who had a suction cups treatment backstage during an open forum about the role of buddhism in politics organized by the Boeung Kak Lake community.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/02/2014: Back of a man who had a suction cups treatment backstage during an open forum about the role of buddhism in politics organized by the Boeung Kak Lake community.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/12/2014: A young girl checks her smartphone in the unhealthy settlement at the foot of the buildings which were promised to the Borei Keila community before their violent eviction on January 2012.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/12/2014: A young girl checks her smartphone in the unhealthy settlement at the foot of the buildings which were promised to the Borei Keila community before their violent eviction on January 2012.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/10/2014: A buddhist monk photographs his colleagues during meditation on the 2nd day of a protest at the Vietnamese Embassy against what is considered by the demonstrators as the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/10/2014: A buddhist monk photographs his colleagues during meditation on the 2nd day of a protest at the Vietnamese Embassy against what is considered by the demonstrators as the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/10/2014: Two hundred evicted from Bavel district in Battambang province are hosted at Wat Chas.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/10/2014: Two hundred evicted from Bavel district in Battambang province are hosted at Wat Chas.

As of today, with the inauguration of the bridge over the Mekong at Neak Loeung, the 4 vessels from the ferry service which carried thousands of vehicles every day, will cease to exist. The whole economic structure built around the ferry terminals, with employees, restaurants, gatekeepers, peddlers, beggars, middlemen will have to restructure into something else…

You can find the whole story in the pages of today’s Cambodia Daily’. A short 2-minute video and the photographs are also featured in a long-read format on the Cambodia Daily website.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Two young men, with the new bridge seen in the distance, sit on the ferry when crossing the Mekong. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Two young men, with the new bridge seen in the distance, sit on the ferry when crossing the Mekong. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Gatekeeper regulating access to the ferries for the vehicles. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Gatekeeper regulating access to the ferries for the vehicles. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Peddlers selling snacks to travellers who are waiting to board the ferry. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Peddlers selling snacks to travellers who are waiting to board the ferry. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Sculpture commemorating the liberation by Vietnamese troups of the Khmer Rouge. The ferry station is located on Road Nr 1, directly going from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Sculpture commemorating the liberation by Vietnamese troups of the Khmer Rouge. The ferry station is located on Road Nr 1, directly going from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Kids take a dip in the Mekong near the docks on the Prey Veng side of the Neak Loeung ferry service. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Kids take a dip in the Mekong near the docks on the Prey Veng side of the Neak Loeung ferry service. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Woman trying to reach a stick to get hold of the lotus seeds she just bought from a peddler on the ferry. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Woman trying to reach a stick to get hold of the lotus seeds she just bought from a peddler on the ferry. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Peddlers selling snacks to travellers who are waiting to board the ferry. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Peddlers selling snacks to travellers who are waiting to board the ferry. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Travellers wait for one of the 4 boats from the Neak Loeung ferry service. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

CAMBODIA, Neak Loeung. 1/04/2015: Travellers wait for one of the 4 boats from the Neak Loeung ferry service. When the new bridge over the Mekong will be inaugurated on April 6th, the whole economic structure built around the ferries at Neal Loeung will shift to something different.

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Michel. Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt… He was my friend. My best friend. I can only hope I was considered by him as his best friend. I will not know. I wouldn’t have known. Because he had this incredible sense of modesty we’d only rarely talk about private issues. They were just mentioned, sort of inadvertently… We’d mostly talk about photography, ever since we followed a photography course at ‘La Cambre’, the fine arts school where we met for the first time at the end of 1968. Photography meant so much to us, included so much about life itself, that there was no real need to talk about our private lives. It was there already, inside photography.

We haven’t stopped talking about photography ever since these careless days at ‘La Cambre’. It went on at the race tracks where we’d take photographs for ‘Virage Auto’, at the darkroom a friend, Jacques Daune, had set up and where we spent hours processing and printing when we were not just fooling around, at Agence ‘VU’ which we both joined at its beginnings in 1986, and later, when our roads separated more often because the world is big and there are a lot of places to visit, a lot of stories to cover. It went on and on. Year after year. Unshakeable. Conversations to hold on to, through thick and thin.

They did not even stop the days after I took this picture of him, on December 12th. 2013, the last time I saw him, ill already. I didn’t have the guts to go and see him in February this year, didn’t want to risk seeing him diminished. I didn’t want to alter the memory I have of a person dismissing so much of what is useless, so uncompromising in his trade, so focused on the person he interacts with, so just and fair, so clear-sighted about the world around him, with opinions sharp as a knife which cuts but doesn’t make you bleed. I didn’t want to see all this constrained by illness.

Now that he is gone I continue to have these conversations with him. That’s what his photographs are there for. Thank you so much Michel.

The grenade attack of March 30th 1997 on Sam Rainsy’s Khmer Nation Party rally gathering a couple of hundred people in front of the National Assembly to denounce corruption and impunity was commemorated by the opposition CNRP at the stupa dedicated to the 16 people who died. On that day four grenades were thrown in the small crowd, injuring Sam Rainsy and over 100 demonstrators, but also children, street vendors.

Brigade 70, a special bodyguard unit trusted by Prime Minister Hun Sen, was for the first time deployed nearby, raising persistent suspicions with the opposition, and indeed by the FBI (Ron Abney, a US citizen, was seriously injured, prompting their investigation), that it wasn’t just there to monitor, as some witnesses testified the unit opened ranks to let the perpetrators escape.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Bodyguards keep an eye on monks and opposition CNRP members who commemorate the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Bodyguards keep an eye on monks and opposition CNRP members who commemorate the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Kem Sokha, acting president of the CNRP, atttends an opposition CNRP members commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Kem Sokha, acting president of the CNRP, atttends an opposition CNRP members commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Kem Sokha, acting president of the CNRP, and Song Korm, Sam Rainsy Party senator, atttend an opposition CNRP members commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Kem Sokha, acting president of the CNRP, and Song Korm, Sam Rainsy Party senator, atttend an opposition CNRP members commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Kem Sokha, acting president of the CNRP, atttends an opposition CNRP members commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Kem Sokha, acting president of the CNRP, atttends an opposition CNRP members commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Journalists record speeches at an opposition CNRP commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Journalists record speeches at an opposition CNRP commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Badges from Loun Sovath, the 'multimedia monk' and land rights activist, at an opposition CNRP commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 30/03/2015: Badges from Loun Sovath, the 'multimedia monk' and land rights activist, at an opposition CNRP commemoration of the March 30th 1997 grenade attack on a Khmer Nation Party rally which killed at least 16.

Yesterday only 5 monks and 2 land rights activists showed up at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for the trial of 3 defrocked monks, including Seung Hay, accused of carrying ‘lethal weapons’ (flagpoles made of plastic). Today there were barely 50 people for the trial of 11 people, including CNRP’s Meach Sovannara and lad rights activist Pich Samnang, involved in the violent incidents which took place in November 2014 near ‘Freedom Park’.

For sure the opposition’s mojo is not in the streets anymore.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: About 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: About 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 26/03/2015: Just a few monks showed up for the trial of defrocked monk Seung Hay and 2 other defrocked monks at the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 26/03/2015: Just a few monks showed up for the trial of defrocked monk Seung Hay and 2 other defrocked monks at the Municipal Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: About 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: About 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: About 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: About 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: Skinny cat minds his business while about 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 27/03/2015: Skinny cat minds his business while about 50 people, some holding photographs of the defendants, showed up at the Municipal Court to support 11 people, including CNRP member Meach Sovannara and land rights activist Pich Samnang, arrested in relation with the incidents at Freedom Park of Nov. 2014.